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The plan for ending lockdown shows the UK government is learning from its mistakes, but threats and weaknesses in the fight against Covid-19 remain.
A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
Labour is learning that it is wrong to write off this oddly formidable Prime Minister.
With the two titans of Scottish nationalism locked in a struggle, the political story playing out is turning into a melodrama of Shakespearean proportions.
What a New York Times report on a popular blog reveals about progressives’ difficult relationship with free speech.
The perpetual cycle of lockdowns has shown the reality of the Hobbesian state, where authority is backed by coercion, and the problem with his belief in one all-powerful sovereign.
A subtle sense of "otherness" has always followed the international career of a multi-talented cricketer who remains strangely under-appreciated.
To take full advantage of vaccination, Britain should adopt the elimination strategy successfully followed by New Zealand.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The founder of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence explains why the feelings of employees “should haunt the sleep of every boss in the world”.
It's obvious that Rupert Murdoch is lurking in the shadows as the Australian prime minister Scott Morrison confronts Big Tech.
The Prime Minister’s plans for easing restrictions are cautious and sensible – but his erratic nature could yet lead to disaster.
A decade after revolutions spread across North Africa and the Middle East, the hopes of a generation have been crushed.
Why the cause of liberal democracy collapsed in the Middle East.
With only nine deaths from Covid-19, the island's handling of the pandemic is a testament to the success of its democracy.
In his new account of why Britain left the EU, Robert Tombs abandons objectivity for polemic.
A new poem by George Szirtes.
Katherine Angel’s Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again argues popular feminism’s focus on consent is dangerously inadequate.
The Disappearing Act by de Changy, The Librarian by Morgan, A Bright Ray of Darkness by Hawke and The Art of Losing by Zeniter.
The oddball American writer’s debut novel is a witty and true depiction of the experience of living online.
In his fascinating new book on Russian short stories, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, Saunders considers how readers experience fiction.
The pianist, who died in February, was one of the founding fathers of jazz fusion – a deeply misunderstood genre.
The artist’s output was vanishingly small, but extremely carefully composed.
In this new biopic, the director Lee Daniels has followed the example of Lady Sings the Blues by casting an established music star as Holiday.
This new series produced by Jed Mercurio is exciting, and its plot is intricately tangled.
In this three-part adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Tess relates her own story in a series of first-person monologues.
Gardening instructions can often get lost in translation – and none is harder to interpret than “create a good tilth”.
A nasty story from the Prime Minister's university days has reminded me that it is a fallacy to expect progress in those younger than you.
As I gaze at jar after jar of pickled vegetables, I become entranced by the romanticised life of American homesteaders.
Headaches provoked by sex affect about 1 per cent of people at some time. But, fortunately, the problem disappears as mysteriously as it arrives.
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